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"ANTI-FRATERNITY MEN HOLD MEETING MONDAY"
The Crimson White
March 11, 1914


Approximate perfection of campaign Organization is Announced By Leaders

HEADQUARTERS ESTABLISHED


The third meeting of the anti-fraternity men occurred in Morgan hall on Monday evening with about 80 present. The aim of this coming together was to present to the men generally the facts about the progress which has been made since the last meeting, looking toward the abolishment of fraternities at the University and at kindred institutions in the state. Reports from the various committees which have been appointed were made, and the general progress of the campaign over the state was explained. The work of the local committee was gone over and the men were instructed what to do and as to what was expected from them as members of the non-fraternity element at the University.

The meeting was presided over by Pennington, who in a brief manner introduced the discussion and told something in general of what had been accomplished and what was expected. He said that various members of the body had been in communication with legislators of many counties of the state, and that he himself had written to several of these. He gave out that out of possibly 18 of 20 of these who had been approached upon the subject all with the exception of one were against the existence of fraternities, and that one was undecided as yet, having been a fraternity-member student at the University formerly. All of the [] counties of the state, he continued, had organizations looking to the promotion of the movement against the Greek letter orders affected in them, all were in working order, and [all] had representatives here at the University now. Especially was attention called to the organization existing in Jefferson county. It is active and in good order; it believes in the abolishment of fraternities, and great things in that direction may be expected from it, declared the speaker.

Mr. J. J. Jackson, of the law department, was then asked to give the facts in regard to the local business. He told of headquarters in the room of James Hicks, where there is a list of all the counties of the state, and where each loyal non-frat man was urged to go to write his name opposite his county, and thereby pledge himself to do all he might to influence that county in the desired way in regard to the fraternity […ter]. Each man, he said, was to be held responsible personally for the way his county acted and thought […n] the question. He called attention to the fact that, from time to time, letters in stamped envelopes, and bearing facts about the situation here at Alabama, would be found at headquarters ready for delivery. Each man is to mail these letters to the people in his county. One of the letters was said to be ready at present, and others would follow in order. A copy of the first follows:

University of Alabama

University, Ala.

To the fathers and mothers of the [] students of the University of [] Alabama:

We take the liberty of presenting [some] of the conditions at the University of Alabama to which institution [you] have sent your sons for their higher education.

To those at home it may appear that their sons have an equal chance to obtain all of the advantages offered at a state school which is supported by the taxes of the rich and poor alike. This appearance of equal […nce] is absolutely destroyed by a knowledge of the facts.

It is the purpose of this letter to convey this knowledge to the people that they may take the necessary steps to obtain a full and complete remedy.

There is a condition of class distinction at the University of Alabama [and] other state institutions which is absolutely repugnant to the democratic spirit which should exist at…